In reaction to a barrage of memes criticizing the design of Meta’s most recent project, Mark Zuckerberg modified his selfie in an effort to appease his detractors.
Earlier this week, Zuckerberg unveiled Horizon Worlds, a social virtual reality app, in France and Spain. He shared a somewhat flat, silly digital avatar in front of the Eiffel Tower and lush green hills.
Internet users mocked what they believed to be (presumably) early visuals for a project on which Meta had already spent at least $10 billion over the past year.
Tech reporter for the New York Times Kevin Roose tweeted that the graphics were “worse than a 2008 Wii game.” Buttcheeks was the phrase used by Slate.
Twitter was less forgiving, with phrases like “an international laughing stock” and “eye-gougingly hideous” appearing.
Many criticized the Zuckerberg selfie for seeming lifeless and juvenile and compared the Metaverse design to early 1990s visuals. It immediately acquired the moniker “death eyes.”